From Ed Conroy of the Toronto Star:
Teen angst, as seen on Toronto TV
Punchy teen drama has always been a genre that Toronto TV producers have captured effortlessly and impeccably: witness the breathless anticipation for the latest manifestation of Degrassi, Next Class, now airing on Family Channel in Canada and Netflix internationally. It seems hard-wired into our DNA.
Could it be that while high-profile U.S teen dramas focus on near flawless waxworks leading idealized glossy lives, Toronto’s stories feature plain folk with frumpy clothes, bad haircuts and even worse acne, who lead normal and unremarkable lives? It’s easier for the rest of us to relate, if not exactly an ideal to aspire to. Here are six of the best. Continue reading.